Accordion War: Korea 1951: Life and Death in a Marine Rifle Company

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Accordion War: Korea 1951 - Life and Death in a Marine Rifle Company is a detailed personal account of combat in the Korean War during its most violent "blitzkrieg" phase, the first third of the three-year war. While the descriptions of battles are up close and graphic, the conflict is also viewed from the perspective of the 21st century, from a keen awareness of the wars since -Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror. Interwoven into the narrative is a meditation on life, death and war -on the question of why men spend so much treasure and blood fighting one another. The setting is the Republic of Korea, a beautiful country whose citizens fought for their freedom alongside United Nations forces, a people who have, since the war, emerged from the shadows of history to become cultural and technological leaders in the modern world. But Accordion War is first of all the story of a band of brothers and the battles they fought half way round the world in the rugged mountains of the country known as "the Land of the Morning Calm". Fifty years before all America and the world were horror-struck by images of exploding planes and falling towers, September 11 was seared into the memories of the men in How Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Regiment, First Marine Division. There is a connection between those two days exactly a half-century apart. That connection can be found not far from Ground Zero in the village of Stewart Manor on Long Island inscribed on a memorial plaque dedicated to victims of 9/11 - and in this book.

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Charles Hughes spent four years in the U.S. Navy enlisting in 1948 at the age of seventeen. During the closing weeks of 1950 while the 1st Marine Division was surrounded and fighting their way out of the Chinese Communist trap at the frozen Chosin Reservoir, he and his friend Ollie Langston volunteered for the Fleet Marine Force to serve as hospital corpsmen in a Marine rifle company. He had missed World War II and wanted to find out what combat was like. Accordion War is the story of his experience. Today Hughes is professor emeritus of English at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He graduated with a BA in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1957 and for the next nine years worked in communication intelligence for the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Maryland, and later the Air Force Security Service as a cryptanalyst (Russian), instructor of cryptanalysis, technical writer (cryptanalysis), technical editor, and finally as the Chief of the Editing and Publications Branch of the USAFSS School at Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas. He left that position in 1966 to attend graduate school at Texas Tech University at Lubbock where he received an MA (1968) and a PhD (1971) in literature and linguistics after which he was hired by Henderson State where he taught up to and after his retirement in 1996, serving for five of those years as Chairman of the English and Foreign Languages Department.

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This book is hard to put down. The writing is terrific, and Hughes tells his story with sprinkles of history, poetry, philosophy and his take on what it all meant. The experiences he writes about took place more than 50 years ago in a war that has for the most part been relegated to the back burner of history.
Korea was a harsh war. Many who fought there, however, came back to lead long and fruitful lives, because Hughes and other corpsmen like him were on the battlefield with them. Well done, Doc.
GySgt John Boring, USMC (Ret) --Leatherneck: Magazine of the Marines

This is one of the rare books that begs to be read in one reading. Hughes s stories of combat and life in Koreaare lively; the reader can smell both the gunpowder and the kimchi. Korea may be a war unknown to the current generation, but books like Accordion War: Korea 1951 will give the reader an appreciation of what young men like Charles Hughes and his Marines endured. Well done, Doc. --Military Writers Society of America

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